Tal replaced by Rhonda Smith for 2010 Jeff Beck tour...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MikeBass, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. MikeBass

    MikeBass Suspended Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Endorsing artist- Suhr basses, PedalTrain, GHS, Ultimate Ears
  2. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    I went to music school with Rhonda Smith's older brother Chris, up here in Montreal. He's an arranger, conductor, and teacher. When we were both still in our twenties, he hired me to play in an amateur review/show that he was producing. He wanted to hire Rhonda, but she wasn't in the musician's guild yet, and the union was strict in those days.

    I couldn't make one night of the show's run (prior commitment), and he sneaked Rhonda in as my replacement. When I returned for the last night, I asked how this "little sister Rhonda" had done. I got muted, evasive responses. But probing a little harder, it became clear that this (at that time) teenage girl had completely smoked me! :^D

    Anyway, I only met her once. I got a vague sense that she has considerable self-respect! But she certainly has musical and bass skills to match. As long as ego doesn't enter too much into the gig, I bet she'll do an excellent job with Jeff Beck.
  3. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    It's quite possible that Tal Wilkenfeld had prior engagements that prevented her from touring with him right now. A note on her website mentions something about going into the studio, though that message is 6 months old. I wouldn't read anything into it.
  4. As I consider how long RS hanged with Prince, not to mention I really like her first solo album, this should be an interesting matchup.

    But then, I'm the guy who likes change and new things (even though I'm going to sleep listening to the Motown channel tonight).
  5. MikeBass

    MikeBass Suspended Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Endorsing artist- Suhr basses, PedalTrain, GHS, Ultimate Ears
    I don't mean anything that Tal/Rhonda was better than the other, just putting it out there.
  6. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    I heard the same thing, but the gal has the goods! I think, after Tal, Jeff probably appreciates another focal point on stage with him. THAT'S entertainment. I believe Tal will do just fine on her own for awhile... :smug:
  7. noahw1


    Jul 22, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not just Tal is being replaced but the entire band.
  8. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Tal's probably ready to get her own thing going for touring..

    The new line-up looks to be very FUNKY indeed!

    Can't wait!
  9. I'm sure it's just the bass and drums being replaced...Keys are the same. I see them on March 30th...Yeehaa
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    tal's probably better off making a move. you can make way more as a bandleader than as a sideman.
  11. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress Guest

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    I wish I was Jeff Beck. :(
  12. I wish there were lots more Jeff Becks too. But, Alas, he is one of a kind. Unique..
  13. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Tal's doing some gigs with Oz Noy, another guitarist that always has monster bassist.;)
  14. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Tal's too good for Jeff :)
  15. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I think Tal has some bigger stuff coming up.
  16. bassdaddyfive

    bassdaddyfive Guest

    Feb 12, 2009
    Kenosha Wi.
    Sometimes you go with who you can get. Schedules, schedules, schedules. Don't read into it more than what it is.
  17. playing the kind of music she plays? i think id take a sideman job with jeff beck.
  18. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    i was kinda looking forward to seeing tal at bonnaroo
  19. Surely you jest. I'm glad I don't have your ears. :rollno:
    Although, the misplaced loyalty to a fellow bass player is admirable.
  20. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    No need to be mean in this forum. I was just joking. That's why I put a smiley.